Can I have a show of hand, please: which sane millennial who has an Instagram account and goes to Telegram regularly doesn’t like bubble tea?
No? That’s expected.
The teh-peng-mixed-with-black-tangyuan drink is bae for most millennials, though all of them know how unhealthy it is.
We’ve done a video on how bad it is, but I reckon that you DGAF:
“How unhealthy can it be?” BuffLord95 asks. “It’s not like when I have these drinks, the pearls would just appear in every part of my body, right? I’ll be perfectly fine as long as I hit the gym every day. That’s why you all call me Buff, right?”
Well, Mr BuffLord95…hold my beer.
Girl Reportedly Had Undigested Bubble Tea Pearls in Her Body Five Days After Drinking It
This might sound like a sensationalised headline to grab your attention and scare you into drinking Ice Mountain instead of Brown Sugar Boba Tea, but if the means justify the ends, then let it be.
In an even more sensationalised article titled “After Reading This Article, I’ll NOT DRINK Bubble Tea Again”, it’s mentioned that a 14-year-old girl hasn’t been shitting for five days after drinking bubble tea.
Apparently, she also suffered from abdominal pain as well.
A scan then revealed this:
Hundreds of Undigested Bubble Tea Pearls in Body
If you’d look closely, traces of small, circular objects were in various parts of her organs, from her stomach to her colon.
And no, these circular objects aren’t in her lungs if that’s what you’re thinking.
The doctor then asked the girl, whom we should name BaoBaoTeh, about her dietary habits.
BaoBaoTeh told the doctor that she had bubble tea five days ago, and the doctor suspected that those “balls” could be bubble tea pearls.
He then prescribed her with a laxative in hopes of expelling the pearls out.
But the question is: how? There were so many pearls in the X-ray; either she had this cup…
…or those pearls had been in the body for a while now.
The doctor suspected that due to her regular bubble tea drinking habits, these pearls could have been in her body more than five days ago.
Of course we’ll have to ask this again: but why?!
Because if this is true, XiaoBeach73 would bleed out bubble tea pearls if we accidentally cut her.
Plastic Pearls or Sensationalised Topic?
Given that the headline is “After Reading This Article, I’ll NOT DRINK Bubble Tea Again”, I’m inclined to go with the latter, but there’s some science to this entire incident.
For a start, there has been cases of bubble tea pearls that are made from old tyres or shoe soles. Back in 2015, a reporter who became a victim of these fake pearls also exhibited the same symptoms: undigested pearls in the stomach.
And the worst of all is that this isn’t a rumour: one of the people involved, who didn’t know that he or she was being recorded, said this: “They’re all made at chemical plants. To put it bluntly, they’re made from the soles of leather shoes and old tyres.”
Another Theory: Difficult To Digest
According to Director He Yuling of the People’s Hospital of Zhuji City in the report, pearls are made of tapioca starch, which can be challenging to digest.
Some bubble tea stores also add thickening agents to their pearls for that extra chewy factor, which tastes great when we eat it, but it actually contributes to the harm that pearls can do to our bodies.
This means that the girl must really have consumed the drink at least once almost every day, in which the new pearls entering her body every day pile on top of the ones that are yet to digest, causing it to all get stuck there.
Moral of the story: whenever you feel like you’re craving for bubble tea, try to suppress the urge to get some if you just had a cup not too long ago – moderation is key, unless you want to be a walking pearl vessel.
Nevertheless, if this scares you enough, I hope you’ll buy a cup of teh-O kosong peng instead of bubble tea tomorrow.